Elias Sorensen moved on a season-long loan to League 2 club Carlisle on August 16th. The following day Elias made his debut albeit as a second-half substitute in a loss to Mansfield.
That week manager Steven Pressley had this to say about Sorensen’s loan agreement:
“It’s entirely in our hands. It’s like every loan player – they [the parent clubs] want them here, and they want them to play, but they respect us managers have to make these decisions.”
To date, Elias has played a total of 140 minutes in all competitions for Carlisle. Over his 5 appearances, the 20-year-old has just the one start at Scunthorpe in which he was pulled at half-time for a tactical change.
Elias Sorensen– a rare sight at Carlisle
Pressley has consistently indicated that he rates Elias, however, he feels that it will take some time for him to find his way into the team.
Before Elias’s lone start, Pressley had this to say about the Danish striker:
“His goals will come because he’s getting into the positions. It’ll take a little bit of time, but his goals will come. I have real faith in that kid.”
Sorensen has played just 3 minutes of football since he was replaced at half-time in the win at Scunthorpe.
Is this an issue of a young player just finding his feet? Or is Carlisle just the wrong place for Sorensen to develop?
Carlisle reside in 17th place in the table and are battling to stay out of a relegation fray. This type of situation could have the manager relying on more experienced options at striker.
Pressley also has a wealth of options with 5 strikers including Sorensen on the books. Of those five, Elias is by far the most inexperienced having just turned 20 today.
Carlisle also play in a 4-3-3, so Elias has a lot of competition for the lone striker role. He currently finds himself stuck behind fellow loanees Olufela Olomola and Ryan Loft.
While it’s still too early to write off this loan spell as a failure, there is some cause for concern. Elias has not featured at all over the past two games while he has yet to play a full 90 minutes in any match.
He needs time on the pitch to develop, and it’s not looking like he is going to get that anytime soon at Carlisle. After featuring just 32 minutes total in his last loan move to Blackpool, Newcastle will need to make sure this one doesn’t start to follow a similar path.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) September 18, 2019
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